Benefits and Impacts

Air Quality

Solution Areas

Poor air quality isn't just unhealthy. It's expensive.Air quality affects broad sectors of society, from human health to crop yields to enjoyment of our national parks. About 3.5 million people die each year due to outdoor air pollution (more than 110,000 people in the United States), and the annual cost to the nation is estimated at nearly $150 billion due to disease, missed work, and damage to crops and forests.RAL scientists work on practical applications of our air quality knowledge, including forecasts for air quality in use across the world.
New Delhi skyline shrouded by air pollution

Forecasting Unhealthy Air Quality for New Delhi

The system helps decision-makers mitigate the risk of air pollution in Delhi and surrounding regions. The technology may be adapted to provide air quality forecasts for other polluted areas in developing countries, as well as for cities in the United States.

New Delhi's heavy traffic contributes to the city's poor air quality. Predicting unhealthy air Apr 30, 2019 - by David Hosansky Residents of New Delhi and nearby heavily polluted areas of northern India now have access to air quality forecasts... more